For someone to successfully recover, work needs to be done in his or her daily living situations. This takes time. There is a saying that anyone can stay sober in a treatment facility. Additional time and energy must be spend on recovery on return home.
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A 30-day treatment program is only the beginning of recovery; the most important part of treatment is what happens when someone returns home. Maintaining sobriety in the confines of a treatment center is easy, but when someone returns home all of the stressors and triggers will still be there. This is why a well thought out plan for what to do after treatment is the next step in recovery. The post-treatment plan should be easy to follow and affordable, otherwise it is destined to fail. Over all the plan must support recovery, however at some level it should involve reintegrating into society; such as returning to work or familial commitments. In the first 90 days a lot of attention must be placed on recovery, ideally attending therapy or meetings daily, while allowing for the slow shift back towards “real” life. Common Post-Treatment Plans: Extended Care at a Facility Most treatment facilities offer extended living options. For some, staying at the facility for a few months after residential treatment is the “highest and best” form of care. One is familiar with the environment and routine, which gives the person in recovery a feeling of security. This allows one to focus… Read More »After Care for Rehabilitation – There Has to Be a Plan
I work with many people struggling from addiction, some people need to kick start their recovery by going in-patient treatment is often the best option for treatment. In-patient rehabilitation offers a month away from day-to-day life to detoxify in a safe environment, as well as provide patients with the mental health services necessary to start recovery. While a 30-day program is often the recommended choice, it is also a very difficult decision to make. Jumping out of life for 30 days is not easy, but the benefits of a strong foundation for recovery that can change behavior for a lifetime is often worth the trade off. Time Time away is a very real concern. Entering an inpatient rehabilitation program is essentially pausing a month (or more) of one’s life. One might be resistant to the idea of having to be away from work or their families, however addiction takes steals time from families and from work. People often lose several hours in a day, if not entire days, when under the influence. Once in recovery people find that they have much more time to dedicate to passions, family, and work. Taking 30 days away might give someone 5 extra hours… Read More »Common Concerns About In-Patient Treatment
As soon as someone arrives in treatment, plans need to be put in place for what happens after.
I liken my approach to addiction interventions to that of getting an airplane ready to fly. Just as a pilot must exhaust a list of external factors in order to fly successfully, a successful intervention requires just as much forethought.
There are 3 steps in AA that directly relate to rebuilding social capital that we broke during our addiction, steps 8,9,10. By working these steps, we rebuild the relationships that we neglected during addiction.
As I observe people in recovery meetings, I have observed that the people that jump into the program and “work it” seem to have the best success. An adage is “meeting makers make it”. But why is it that meeting makers make it?
Recovery can begin in many ways, at Suntra we are always ready to answer the phone an help out. Suntra provides addiction support and intervention services in New York City and in all cities of Long Island and the Hamptons.
A common refrain said by anyone who is tired of watching someone sink down the hole of addiction. It’s a reasonable question, and one that perplexes anyone who is not addicted. A family member can watch as one’s health deteriorates, family and friends turn away, money is lost and legal problems arise. Why can’t someone just stop? We often help non-addicts understand addiction, and why the logical mind does not control the addicted mind. Think about the feeling of being hungry. Can you think yourself un-hungry? When you’re hungry and you try to think about it logically, the result is that you feel more hunger. The desire for drugs exists in the very same part of the brain that triggers the desire for food. Deep in our brain is the limbic system, or the “brain reward system”. When we are thirsty or hungry, water or food are a reward to the limbic system. Eating food and drinking water makes us feel good and so we do it again and again, ensuring survival. Drugs and alcohol hit the limbic system pretty hard. Drugs and alcohol can be quite enjoyable and the reward system kicks in. The same part of our brain… Read More »Why Can He Just Stop Drinking?
There is a misunderstanding around the 12 Steps that they’re only for people who want to stop drinking or using drugs. The reality is that 12-Step programs are not built around alcohol or substance abuse. Rather, 12-Step programs work by building a community around any particular condition.